Kevin McHale epitomized Hondo’s “true grit” during his days with the Celtics. In 1987, the Celtics and McHale were defending with NBA title without hesitation. Phoenix’s Larry Nance fractured McHale’s foot by stepping on it.
McHale, who would conduct his postgame interviews while soaking his feet in a tub full of ice, continued to play because the break was misdiagnosed. The injury was finally revealed via X-rays during a first-round sweep of Michael Jordan and the Bulls.
McHale continued to play, averaging 21.1 points and 9.2 rebounds per game in the postseason playing (figuratively of course) on one foot.